Start a Healthy Lifestyle from Scratch: Can It Be Done?

It's never too late to choose a healthy lifestyle. Whether you've never really paid much attention to your health or you've let things slide over the years, there's always time to start from scratch. Kickstarting a new, healthy lifestyle isn't exactly easy, but it's possible if you're willing to put your mind to it. If you want to start living a healthier life, there are many things you can do to turn things around. There are many things that go into living healthily, so you need to give yourself time to address all the different aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

Start Getting the Right Amount of Sleep

Sleep is an extremely important part of living a healthy life. While scientists still aren't completely certain about why we need to sleep, we do know that it has a whole host of benefits. Getting the right amount of sleep can help you lose weight, keep your skin and hair healthy, and improve your mental health. If you're sleeping too little or too much, it's likely you're not as healthy as you would like to be. Of course, the right amount of sleep is a matter for debate. Some say it's eight hours a night, others seven, and some say it's down to the individual. It's not just how much sleep you get that matters, though. The quality of your sleep is also important.

You might want to consider the principles of sleep hygiene. This involves a number of choices that can help you to sleep better. For example, having a clean and tidy bedroom can make it easier to sleep well. Avoiding the use of screens before bed, from phones to TVs, can also help you improve your sleep quality. Another good idea is to track your sleep patterns so that you can wake up at the right time, and not when you're in the middle of deep sleep.

Deal with Your Diet

Diet is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle. We all need to get the right nutrients to be healthy. Of course, what matters most is that you're eating enough to get you through the day. But you can make smart choices about where your nutrients come from. For example, a slow energy release breakfast such as oatmeal could be much better for you than a bowl of cereal that has you reaching for a snack by 10am. If you're trying to eat more healthily, it might not be beneficial to you to start thinking about things like organic meat or superfoods. Choose basic goals, like getting more vegetables into your diet or eating more whole grain products.

Making healthy diet choices isn't just about what you eat, but also how you eat. Regularly eating large portions or continuing to eat after you're full isn't good for you. Leaving huge gaps between meals isn't great either. However, you don't necessarily have to eat three full meals a day, although you should try to eat at least that often. You can split your calories how you like, and some people like to have several smaller meals. You might feel it helps to keep you feeling satisfied without being too full at any time.

Address Your Vices

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If you want to make some healthy lifestyle changes, confronting your vices and even addictions is vital. Everyone has unhealthy habits that they know they shouldn't indulge, although some might struggle with them more than others. Two of the most common include smoking and drinking. Cutting back or completely cutting out these behaviors can lead to a much healthier lifestyle and a longer life. Some people might find that they need professional help. You might benefit from an alcohol detox or seek counseling to help you deal with a gambling addiction. Unhealthy behaviors aren't just those that affect you physically, but anything that impacts your mental health and various areas of your life too.

Ease Yourself Into Exercise

Have you never been particularly enthusiastic about exercise? Then don't expect to be able to run a marathon right away. If you're a fairly sedentary person, it can take some time to get into being more active. The best thing to do is to start gently and build up to a more rigorous routine. Walking is a good way to get started, or you might like to try swimming or going for a gentle bike ride. Even just being more active in your day-to-day activities can be helpful.  Walk to the store, or park a little further away, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Your physical health is important, but remember not to neglect your mental health. Fortunately, taking care of your physical health can be very beneficial to your mental health. Sleeping well, eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise can all be good for your mind. However, there are some other things you might want to do to take care of your mental health. Find coping methods and stress busters that help you to deal with life. You might take up knitting or start meditating. It's a good idea to have someone to talk to, as well, whether it's a professional or a good friend.

Set Goals for Living Healthier

If you want to make some big changes in your life, you should set yourself some goals. This will help you have something to reach for so that you don't feel like you're not getting anywhere. However, it's a good idea not to set yourself a million goals at once. If you try to do everything too quickly, you might just find it too hard and give up. Make only one big lifestyle change at a time so that you have time to adjust. Remember to track your progress too, so that you know you're going in the right direction. Seeing how you're progressing can be a reward in itself.

Creating a healthy lifestyle from scratch can be tough, but it's worth it. If you want to get healthy, start slowly and ease yourself into it.

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Advanced Psychic Development. Becky Walsh

What we at first perceived as verbosity is actually some of the hidden gems in this book. It reads like a series of personal shorts. However, the information within is just so good.

One of the points made is that the ego is important and how it is important. Granted, we knew this. Here again, ego takes on an almost different meaning within the spiritual realm. There is just so much that is not over-looked.

We will use ours as a reference tool.

Really just that good!

Advanced Psychic Development Quotes:

Fear is a dense vibration, and our aim is to live without fear, replacing it with love.

Muddling through life, getting things wrong, sorting them out and moving on IS the meaning of life.

The psychic begins with changing spirit rather than changing matter.  

About the Author: Becky Walsh is a popular psychic medium, teacher and counselor, appearing regularly on radio and TV.

Paperback: 160 pages  
Publisher: 6Th Books (October 16, 2007)  
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846940621
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You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness. Frances Trussell

5 of 5 stars

You Are Not is a challenge. A worthy one. But, one, nonetheless.

If you are an overconscientious reader, try not to be should you endeavor this one. Do not misunderstand us. This will tie up some of the loose ends for you, if you are already reading along these spiritual lines. "The Power of Now," comes to mind.
You Are Not Your Thoughts
However, there is more work involved with this reading. It's kind of mind blowing! Just work with it. The payoff is great.

Wild.

Quotes:

Conscious breath allows us to step back from our thoughts, feelings and reactions.

Give it (pain) your full attention, find out where it is in the body and really feel it, sit with it, face it, don't turn away but truly let the force of the emotion come to you.  Through this you are able to transform pain; it is not something which can be described, only felt. 

...the breath is a keystone of mindfulness.

There is no path to happiness, happiness is the path, and it is in every step along our way.

Thinking about stuff doesn't get it done - only getting it done does.

We can blame other people for making us feel bad, however, it is our reaction to them that made us feel bad.

With words we are always casting a spell (that's why it's called spelling).


Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: O-Books (30 Nov. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785358162
ISBN-13: 978-1785358166
Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm

About the Author:

Frances Trussell's passion lies in making the magic of mindfulness accessible to all. Having suffered from severe depression since her teens the former broadcast journalists' life was transformed through mindfulness. She has helped many hundreds of people find a mindfully happy way of living. In January 2017 she featured as a mindfulness coach on ITV1 prime time show Sugar Free Farm. A pioneer of Mindfulness-based RT Therapy, Frances advises on mindfulness in schools, charities, public sector employers and private businesses. She lives in Surrey, UK.

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